Starman Jones by Robert A. Heinlein

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The stars were closed to Max Jones. To get into space you either needed connections, a membership in the arcane Guild, or a whole lot more money than Max, the son of a widowed, poor mother, was ever going to have. What Max does have going for him are his uncle's prized astrogation manuals—books on star navigation that Max literally commits to memory word for word, equation for equation. When Max's mother decides to remarry a bullying oaf, Max takes to the road, only to discover that his Uncle Chet's manuals, and Max's near complete memorization of them, is a ticket to the stars. But serving on a spaceship is no easy task. Duty is everything, and a mistake can mean you and all aboard are lost forever. Max loves every minute of his new life, and he steadily grows in the trust of his superior officers, and seems to be on course for a command track position. But then disaster strikes, and it's going to take every trick Max ever learned from his tough life and his uncle's manuals to save himself and the ship from a doom beyond extinction itself.

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Robert A Heinlein is considered one of the Big Three of classic science fiction (along with Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke). Heinlein is a seven-time Hugo Award recipient and was given the first Grand Master Nebula Award for lifetime achievement. Heinlein's juveniles alone have influenced generations of scientists, engineers and creators the world over (for instance, it was once estimated that everyone in the Apollo 11 mission control room had read and loved at least one Heinlein novel). His worldwide bestsellers include "Have Space Suit--Will Travel, Stranger in a Strange Land, Starship Troopers, Time Enough for Love", and "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress".
Published October 1, 2011 by Baen Books. 252 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History. Fiction

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I just recently had a conversation with one of my Karate Senseis, wherein he told me of a Fortran class in the fifties, coextant with Starman Jones’s publication, wherein none of the students managed to have their card-transmitted programs actually engage.

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(People infer a hell of a lot about Heinlein's politics from his books, and certainly his views did color what he wrote, but he's not nearly the axe-grinding ideologue that many of his fans are -- people forget that he wrote characters who expressed certain views because that's what he thought th...

Apr 02 2011 | Read Full Review of Starman Jones

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